10062Re: [z_scale] Z Grades
- Jun 4, 2002Bill,
You said it all better than I could. Your tips with the N scale
foam are priceless. I'll look into aquiring some of this stuff.
> Steve:[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> > I have had many responses to my grade question
> > I honestly had not considered the aspect of decreasing the grade
> > curves but I will admit, it makes good sense. So, are we talking
> > less grade? 50% or what?
> Our experiences here, with four axle US type trucks/boogies, have
> shown that
> 2.5% grade on straight track has about the same effect as 2% grade on
> 8 inch
> curved track. If you are using smaller radius track, I'd estimate the
> of the wheels would suggest almost a 1% penalty. Dragging 50% of all
> wheels of a train through a curve is tough on a loco.
> If you have a particular loco and a train length in mind, test it on a
> on a board with track thumbtacked loosely in place. Tilt the board to
> desired grade, and see if the loco can pull it. Takes 30 minutes, and
> 30 hours of tearing into finished work later. Been there, done that,
> ever plan to do it again.
> By the way, the Woodlands Scienics N scale 2% foam inclines are a
> blessing to
> Z scalers (opinion only). It bends easily, goes down with simple
> white glue,
> eliminates all the head-scratching about grades, and after its dried
> surplus cuts away easily with a knife. Once you put cork and track on
> you can beat it with a hammer without deforming it. Better yet, its
> cheap. When you bend it in a 8" curve, you wind up with an
> "effective" 2.5%
> grade to the loco. Did I mention saving hours and hours of labor over
> cutter construction?
> > there just seemed to be such a void of information especially in my
> > area (Oklahoma). Discovering this group has helped fill that void.
> Houston has a population of about 5 million folks. From time to time,
> local Z scalers consider having a mass meeting of all us. We just
> figure out what clothes closet to hold it in. <grin>
> Yes, this group helps us all. Thanks, Jeffrey.
> Bill K.
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